Gari Melchers Collectors’ Society


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Membership is open to all Telfair Museums members.
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The Society is named in honor of Gari Melchers, Telfair Museums’ fine arts advisor from 1906-1916 and a respected American artist who acquired some to Telfair’s most important and enduring works. The Gari Melchers Collectors’ Society was established in 2005 by a group of dedicated supporters who became the founders of the organization. General membership in the Society is open to all Telfair members – from seasoned or aspiring collectors to those who are simply interested in supporting the growth of the museum’s permanent collection and experiencing unique educational programs.

Melchers Society members enjoy close interaction with Telfair’s director, curatorial staff, and fellow collectors and art enthusiasts, and experience special access to the museum’s art holdings. Society members also benefit from members-only programs and behind-the-scenes tours designed to enhance their understanding and appreciation of art, including private exhibition previews, gallery walks, and exclusive programs with experts in the field. Art-related travel opportunities, ranging from visits to artists’ studios and private collections to prominent art fairs, museums, and galleries, are an exciting part of Melchers Society membership. Most importantly, Melchers Society members play an integral role in Telfair operations by actively participating in the growth of the museum’s collection.



Upcoming GMCS Events


Delta Plantation Tour
March 27, 6–8pm

Melchers members are invited to tour the stately Delta Plantation. Hosted by GMCS founding members John and Billings Cay.


GMCS Annual Meeting and Acquisition Evening
May 3 | 5pm
Jepson Center

At this exciting event, Gari Melchers Collectors’ Society members will have the opportunity to vote on a significant purchase for the museum’s permanent collection with funds that have been accruing for several years, followed by an elegant dinner at the Chatham Club. Tickets are $95. For reservations, call Calli Laundré at 912.790.8807.


Overnight trip to Columbia for Jane Peterson Exhibition
Thursday–Friday, June 21–22 | Columbia, SC

Join the Melchers Society for an overnight trip to Columbia, SC, for a private tour of the exhibition Jane Peterson At Home and Abroad at the Columbia Museum of Art. This major retrospective includes Telfair’s painting Harbor at Gloucester, Massachusetts, which was purchased for Telfair by the Melchers Society in 2016. The trip also includes visits to several other cultural and historic sites in Columbia, transportation to and from Columbia via chartered bus, and accommodations at Hotel Trundle, a new boutique hotel in Columbia’s Main Street District. For more information, contact Courtney McNeil at or 912.790.8817.